The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final is just around the corner, as 1998 winners France prepare to face first-time finalists Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

MOSCOW, July 15: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday handed over the mantle of World Cup host to the emir of Qatar, whose country will stage the 2022 edition of the tournament.

KRASNOYARSK, July 15: Buyan, a brown bear kept in a Siberian zoo, has predicted that Croatia will defeat France in Sunday’s World Cup final.

DADELDHURA, July 15: The only covered hall at Khalanga of Dadeldhrua was damaged after incessant rainfall. The covered hall was built in 2040 BS to organize a mini table tennis game.

ST PETERSBURG, July 14: Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup and send Gareth Southgate’s side home with a second straight loss.

LONDON, July 14: Chelsea named former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as the new head coach on a three-year term on Saturday, a day after parting ways with another Italian manager Antonio Conte.

KATHMANDU, July 14: Long gone the time when the powerhouses, from South America to Europe like Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Uruguay and lately Spain, dominated the football world. The narrative is changing.

Belgium v England

MOSCOW, July 13: Experienced Argentine official Nestor Pitana will referee the World Cup final between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, an uncontroversial decision which rewards his authoritative performances in Russia.